DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team opens up the second half of conference play on Saturday, Jan. 28 when they host UMBC as part of Alumni Day at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game is set to start at 1 p.m. Links to live stats, audio and video will be available at unhwildcats.com.
Saturday's matchup between New Hampshire and UMBC will be the 17th meeting all-time between the two programs. New Hampshire won four of the first six meetings against UMBC, but the Retrievers swept the season series last year after the two squads split the season series the previous three years. UMBC leads the series (9-7) with its most recent victory coming earlier this season as the Retrievers stormed back for a 67-65 victory at the RAC Arena.
SCOUTING UMBC (11-10, 5-3 AE):
The UMBC women's basketball team dropped a home contest to Boston U., 59-53, on Wednesday … The Retrievers sit in third place in the conference entering the second half of league play … The loss broke the Retrievers' 14-game home conference winning streak, which dated back to the 2009-2010 season … Erin Brown led the charge with 14 points and seven rebounds … Kristin Coles nearly recorded her third double-double of the season scoring 12 points and grabbing nine rebounds … UMBC and BU each grabbed 42 rebounds in the game, but the Retrievers caused 13 Terrier turnovers while only losing the ball eight times … Brown leads the conference in scoring with 15.4 points per game and in 3-pointers made (2.3), while Lauren Chase paces the conference with 4.2 assists per contest … Michelle Kurowski enters the game as the best free throw shooter in the league (91.5) … Prior to playing Boston U., Tope Obajolu set a UMBC record for blocks in a single game by swatting seven Vermont shots … She now holds the school record for career blocks (141), blocks in a single season (56 in 2010-11) and blocks in single game (7).
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (11-9, 4-4 AE):
UNH snapped a two-game losing skid with a 66-50 victory at rival Maine on Wednesday … The Wildcats are now 7-4 on the road this season … Denise Beliveau matched a season-high in scoring with 24 points as she shot 8-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-5 from 3-point range. She netted 18 points in the second stanza and hit all five of her free throws during the contest … Sophomore Kelsey Hogan posted 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, adding three steals and three assists. Junior Cari Reed chipped in with nine points and six rebounds, while freshman Ariel Gaston registered a game-high five assists … Beliveau ranks second in rebounding (8.8) and third in scoring (14.2), and has reached double-digit scoring in five straight games, averaging 17.4 points per game during the span … UNH leads the conference in free throw percentage (71.5) and 3-point field goal percentage (32.8) … Since the start of conference play, Beliveau leads the league in scoring with 16.4 points per game.
Head Coach Maureen Magarity is back for her second season as head coach of the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team. Last season, Magarity led UNH to a 6-10 conference record - twice as many wins as the year before - and a trip to the America East tournament before the Wildcats fell to Binghamton in the quarterfinals. Magarity was named the sixth head coach in the history of the program on May 18, 2010 and the youngest coach of a Division I team – men's or women's – in the country.
Head coach Phil Stern returns for his 10th season at the helm of the UMBC women's basketball team. Stern was named the 2011 America East Coach of the Year after guiding the Retrievers, who were picked to finish fifth in the America East preseason poll, to their first-ever America East regular-season title and a berth in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. UMBC went 20-12, matching the school record with 20 wins – the most in the program's 25-year Division I era – and its 13-3 mark in league play was its best in eight seasons in the conference.
While Denise Beliveau has established herself as one of the top players in the America East over the course of the season, she has stepped up her game since the start of league play. In conference play, Beliveau leads all players in scoring (16.4), 3-point field goal percentage (50.0, 11-22) and defensive rebounds (6.8), and is tied for first in overall rebounding (9.4).
Kelsey Hogan, Denise Beliveau and Cari Reed combined for five 3-pointers at Maine and all three now rank in the top five for 3-point field goal percentage. Hogan leads the America East in the category (45.9), while Beliveau ranks second (37.5) and Reed ranks fourth (36.0). As a team, UNH owns the best 3-point field goal percentage in the conference, shooting 32.8 percent from behind the arc.
BELIVEAU NAMED LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS FINALIST
University of New Hampshire senior co-captain Denise Beliveau was recently selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for women's basketball.
The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 60 candidates announced in November. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on either the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website or the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 18. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I men's and women's basketball head coaches' votes to determine the winner.
Beliveau is joined on the list by seniors from nine other Division I programs: Brittany Carter (Memphis), Lauren Edwards (Princeton), Amanda Johnson (Oregon), Emilie Johnson (UC Santa Barbara), Michelle Kurowski (UMBC), Natalie Novosel (Notre Dame), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Stanford), Justine Raterman (Dayton) and Brittany Rayburn (Purdue).
A former America East Rookie of the Year and All-Conference Second Team selection, Beliveau graduated in 2010 with a degree in Exercise Science and is currently working toward a graduate degree in Leadership and Children's Health and Disabilities. Beliveau has earned America East Honor Roll accolades four years, including Commissioner's Honor Roll two years, and was named to the Dean's List six semesters. Beliveau was also named to the America East All-Academic Team in 2011.
Despite a 1-2 showing by the Wildcats last week, Denise Beliveau averaged 16.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 3.0 spg. Additionally, she was highly efficient all around the floor as she shot 50 percent from the field (17-34) and 57.1 percent from long range (4-7).
Kelsey Hogan, the most efficient 3-point shooter in the league at 45.9 percent, shot 4-of-6 from beyond the arc against Binghamton. Her four treys tied a season-high as she also netted four 3-pointers in the season-opener at Brown.
MOVIN' ON UP
With five rebounds at Maine on Jan. 25, Denise Beliveau climbed the charts in the school record books as she now ranks fourth all-time with 762 boards. She also ranks ninth in scoring (1,226), fifth in 3-point field goals made (127) and seventh in steals (181) all-time in program history.
Denise Beliveau posted 16 points and 11 rebounds against Binghamton for her league-leading eighth double-double of the season. The senior has notched six of her double-doubles on the road this season, including one on a neutral site against NJIT. Beliveau is no stranger to the accomplishment as she posted a conference-best 11 double-doubles last season.
New Hampshire logged its 10th victory of the season on Jan. 16 in a 63-53 victory over Stony Brook, marking the first time the Wildcats have reached double-digit wins since the 2005-06 campaign (15-13). It was also the earliest UNH has reached the 10-win mark since the 1998-99 season (19-8), when the Wildcats picked up their 10th win on Jan. 11.
PAIR OF TWOS
Denise Beliveau and Morgan Frame each notched double-double performances in the team's overtime win at Vermont on Jan. 14. Beliveau posted 15 points and a career-best 17 boards for her league-leading seventh double-double of the season, while Frame added a team-high 16 points and 12 rebounds for her third of the season. The duo has combined for seven double-doubles since Frame entered the lineup.
New Hampshire posted 55 rebounds at Vermont on Jan. 14, marking the most by any team in the conference this season. Individually, Denise Beliveau grabbed a career-best 17 rebounds, the most by a Wildcat this season. Beliveau ranks second in the America East in rebounding with 8.8 boards per contest and leads the league in defensive rebounds (6.3). As a team, the Wildcats are 9-1 when they pull down more rebounds than the opposition.
The tandem of Denise Beliveau and Morgan Frame is shaping up to be one of the top scoring combinations in the conference, averaging 31.2 points per game since Frame entered the lineup as a mid-year transfer from St. Anselm's College, which accounts for more than half the team's points in the span (51.5 %). Additionally, the duo is averaging a combined 16.0 rebounds per game in the 12-game stretch.
JUST KEEP IT CLOSE…
New Hampshire is 4-1 in games decided by five points or less this season and 2-0 in overtime … UNH has outscored the opposition by a 28-21 margin in overtime periods … The Wildcats have shot 52.9 percent (9-17) from the floor in two overtime contests.
New Hampshire went 24-of-29 at the free throw line at Vermont on Jan. 14. The Wildcats pace the league with a 71.5 percent mark at the free throw line.
Kaylee Kilpatrick posted career numbers in UNH's home loss to Albany as she came off the bench and scored a team-high 14 points. She shot 4-of-6 from the field and went 7-of-8 at the free throw line, adding a pair of blocks. Her previous game-high was a six-point performance at Central Connecticut.
MAKING IT COUNT
Despite the loss, UNH edged Albany in points-off-turnovers on Jan. 11, as the Wildcats scored 20 points off 19 Great Dane miscues.
Denise Beliveau netted 24 points at Maine, scoring in double-figures in nine of the last 10 contests. She has scored in double-figures in 16 of 20 games this season. In the America East conference, Beliveau is ranked in the top 10 in eight statistical categories. She is atop the leaderboard in defensive rebound average (6.3) and is second in overall rebounding at 8.8 per game. Her other top rankings include free throw percentage (third, 86.7), steals (third, 2.3 per game) and scoring (third, 14.2 ppg).
RISING TO THE (CYCLONE) CHALLENGE
Denise Beliveau enjoyed her trip to Ames, Iowa as the senior averaged 18 points and 7.5 rebounds per game at the Iowa State Cyclone Challenge. In the consolation game against NJIT, Beliveau poured in a season-high 24 points and added a game-high 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. The senior was highly efficient from the floor as she shot 8-of-14 from the field and 3-of-4 from long range. Her sharpshooting efforts fueled the Wildcats to a victory as she halted a 13-2 NJIT run with eight straight points, including back-to-back 3-pointers, to put UNH back in contention after an early deficit. Beliveau also logged double-digits in the opener against Big-12-foe Iowa State as she chipped in 12 points and added four steals, en route to All-Tournament Team and America East Player of the Week honors.
The UNH starting five accounted for all but two of the team's 79 points in the win over NJIT on Dec. 30. Denise Beliveau led the way with 24 points, while Morgan Frame (20), Kelsey Hogan (13) and Abigail LaRosa (11) also reached double-figures. Cari Reed just missed the mark with nine points and also dished out a career-best seven assists. In all, the team's 79 total points mark the highest scoring output of the season.
SETTING NEW MARKS
Kelley Flynn recorded season highs of 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks at Iowa State in the opening round of the Cyclone Challenge (Dec. 29). The double-digit mark was Flynn's highest scoring output since the season-opener at Brown when she notched 8 points.
Morgan Frame, a junior transfer from St. Anselm's College, erupted for a career-high 35 points and 12 rebounds at Wagner in just her second career game as a Wildcat. Frame shot 15-for-26 from the floor to pace the Wildcats and fell just one point shy of matching the school record for points in a game, earning America East Player of the Week honors for her efforts. She also collected three steals in 41 minutes off the bench. Frame was instrumental throughout the contest as she scored nearly half of UNH's points in the first stanza (13-of-27) to keep the Wildcats within reach at halftime. She went on to net 18 in the second half and four points in overtime to seal the victory. Frame notched a double-double in each of her first two games after becoming eligible as a mid-year transfer last season.
LEADING THE LEAGUE
Only two players have netted 30-point performances in the America East this season, and both belong to New Hampshire. Morgan Frame owns the highest single-game effort in the league with a 35-point outing at Wagner, while Cari Reed represents the other member of the club with a 32-point showing against Harvard. Additionally, Frame's 15 field goals and Reed's eight 3-pointers are also single-game league-best efforts this season.
New Hampshire has played its best basketball in close games this season, as the team is a near-perfect 4-1 in games decided by five points or less. UNH downed Wagner, 73-72, in overtime, thanks to a last-second jumper by Denise Beliveau in extra time. Earlier in the season, Kelsey Hogan tipped in a game-winning buzzer-beater to help UNH beat Cornell. In both those contests, Cari Reed kept the Wildcats in the game with a late 3-pointer, including a timely distance shot at Wagner to send the game into overtime.
CARI THE LOAD
Junior Cari Reed erupted for 32 points, including a school-record eight 3-pointers, in UNH's home loss to Harvard. The previous school record was six 3-pointers, a mark shared by eight different Wildcats including Reed, while her 32 points are the most in the America East this season and the most by a Wildcat since Maren Matthias dropped 30 points on Dec. 13, 2002. Reed tied three others for the second-highest single-game three-point field goals made in America East history.
BELIVEAU NETS 1,000 POINTS
Denise Beliveau scored a team-high 15 points against Holy Cross, becoming the 16th player in program history to record 1,000 career points. She entered the contest at 999 and achieved the feat with her first basket of the game on a layup at the 18:18 mark of the first half. On that same basket, Beliveau also passed Heidi Plencner on the all-time scoring list and now sits alone in 9th place with 1,226 career tallies.
Kelsey Hogan is in the midst of a great sophomore campaign as she ranks third on the team in scoring with 10.3 points per game, netting double-digit numbers in nine games. A proven player in crunch time situations, Hogan posted 15 points at Cornell, including the game-winning basket with one-tenth of a second left on the clock to secure the, 63-62 victory. In UNH's season-opener at Brown, Hogan erupted for a game-high 17 points, more than she had in any single game last season, shooting 4-of-5 from downtown and also added a career-high nine boards. Hogan went on to best that mark with 10 rebounds against Seton Hall.
For the second time in as many weeks, Denise Beliveau was named the America East Player of the Week on Monday, Jan. 9. Beliveau averaged 20.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game in two league contests last week. She also shot 56.5 percent (13-for-23) from the field and improved her league-leading free-throw shooting with a perfect (10-for-10) performance combined in the two games. The forward added 4-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc to her weekly resumé. Beliveau recorded her league-leading sixth double-double of the season on Monday at UMBC with 17 points and 16 boards, finishing with three assists. She then led the Wildcats past Hartford with a 23-point, seven-rebound performance, leading all players in both categories. Beliveau hit 3-of-5 three-pointers against the Hawks, and netted eight straight points with a pair of treys midway through the first half to establish an early 13-point UNH advantage. In conference games this year, Beliveau is first in America East in scoring and free-throw percentage, second in rebounds, third in three-point field-goal percentage and fourth in field-goal percentage. She ranks sixth in Division I with a 91.1 percent mark at the charity stripe.
Denise Beliveau's most recent America East Player of the Week honor marks the third straight weekly honor for a member of the UNH squad as Morgan Frame earned the title on Dec. 26. Out of the nine Player of the Week honors so far this season, three have gone to a UNH player.